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Information literacy in higher education : developing a rubric to measure bachelor students' competences

Wels, F. (2015) Information literacy in higher education : developing a rubric to measure bachelor students' competences.

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Abstract:In the past decade, many technological innovations in digital media (e.g. internet, mobile devices and online applications) occurred rather quickly. These innovations have a strong influence on education. Modern students grew up with digital media, are in contact with it daily and possess skills to use it successfully. However, due to these technological innovations, an enormous amount of information is available. Not all information available is useful, reliable or correct. Students lack Information Literacy: the capacity to gather, judge and use the information effectively. Students overestimate their own Information Literacy competences strongly. The lack of Information Literacy competences on the one hand and the overestimation of students on the other stresses the importance of acquiring a closer view on current Information Literacy competences in higher education. The goal of this design study was to design a rubric for measuring Information Literacy competences in students in the bachelor curriculum at the University of Twente. The study explores possibilities for measuring and improving Information Literacy competences in written student products. A general rubric was designed through literature research, interviews, and questionnaires with Information Literacy experts and Information Literacy staff members. Afterwards, the clarity and usability of the rubric were evaluated with Information Literacy staff members and teachers. The study resulted in two rubrics: a complete final rubric and a derived short rubric for practical implementation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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